To build or not to build
I have a desktop that the kids use for doing their homework from school. This desktop is getting very old and running windows XP (just).
I have 2 options open to me:
- Buy a new desktop off the shelf with (I assume) Windows 8 preinstalled; or
- Build a new desktop myself to my own spec (I haven't done this before).
I'm concerned about the pre-installed windows 8 path as I've had problems dual booting with Windows 7 / UEFI Issues - would this be a problem with a 'virgin' system with no OS on it?
If I go along the self build route, I intend to just have the machine running Ubuntu whereas I'd probably dual boot a desktop from a shop.
So..... my questions:
- Is building a PC likely to be cheaper than buying one?
- I have an engineering background with 'not bad' electronics skills - how difficult would I find building a PC?
- What are the pitfalls / common mistakes when building a PC with the specific intention of running Linux on it?
- Can anyone point me to some useful links? Ideally a "here are the parts" though to "here's your machine working with Ubuntu installed"?
I've done plenty of dual boot installations of Ubuntu but never a "just Ubuntu" installation - is there much of a difference?
Sorry to be vague and overdo it on the questions.
I'm a PC and Linux is a better idea